By Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter, Jennifer Wicke
"Explores the heritage, evolution, genres, and narrative parts of the English novel, whereas chronicling its improvement from the early 18th century to the current day"--
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He encounters a doctor who diagnoses according to the fee he anticipates; innkeepers who charge what the market will bear; men who, for money, swear that an innocent man has committed a capital crime; a father who would happily make his son miserable in order to have him bring wealth into the family by marriage. Suffering from lack of money himself, Tom falls into the position of gigolo. He meets (and rescues) a family suffering the utmost miseries of poverty; the father of that family has in his desperation tried to turn highwayman.
Radcliffe uses the responsiveness of her heroines to heighten the suspense for her readers, who remain in the same ignorance as the character. Her omniscient narrator retains, however, the ability to dispel the mystery through Radcliffe’s famous “explained supernatural” – the Scooby Doo plots that reveal other‐worldly elements to be anchored in everyday causality. In revealing the mechanisms behind these dramatic effects, Radcliffe locates the causes of the evils suffered by her virtuous heroines in the designs and desires of people in this world.
Why Do We Care About Literary Characters? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Watt, Ian. 1957. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2 The 1790s Lynn Festa Politics and art, like forms of knowledge, construct “fictions,” that is to say material rearrangements of signs and images, relationships between what is seen and what is said, between what is done and what can be done. (Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Aesthetics) To single out the 1790s for special treatment in a history of the novel in English is not perhaps an immediately intuitive move.
A Companion to the English Novel by Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter, Jennifer Wicke